Bucanero Fuerte | Cerveceria Bucanero S.A.

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Brewed by:
Cerveceria Bucanero S.A.
Cuba
cerveceriabucanero.com

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Imbiber on 07-16-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
86
Reviews:
41
Avg:
2.75
pDev:
20.36%
 
 
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Ratings: 86 |  Reviews: 41
Photo of Sammy
2.38/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

rates with the worth of them. Deep yellow with chemical cleaner bubbles. A little cheese and chemical aroma. Sharp taste, almost no drinkability. Some malts, nothing else to ingest. Thanks Radek for the mixed six-pack.Sugar, rice. Light after the astringency.

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Photo of metter98
3.4/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and poured with a finger high white head. A very light of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are moderate aromas of grainy and sweet malts in the nose.
T: The taste is rather malty and has flavors of bready and grainy malts.
M: The beer feels light- to medium- bodied and very smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It has a fuller body compared to other beers in the style.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and has some qualities that make it refreshing.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.37/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

350ml (swuh?) brown bottle, which is a faint ray of hope in an otherwise low, low sea of expectations.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden yellow colour, with one fat finger of weakly foamy, and mostly just wanly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves little in the way of lace anywhere near the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of gritty, grainy corn malt, rice husks, indistinct (yeah, that's the problem) stewed veggies, subtle nail polish remover, and a hint of actually rummy alcohol (the cheap, pirate-friendly stuff, natch). The taste is more of the same stripe - ungainly corn and rice cracker graininess, understated, at least, stale green vegetables, a consistent acetone astringency, soapy caramel, and a surprisingly bland boozy warmth.

The carbonation is a bit tacky in its blithely frothy manifestations, the body an adequate medium weight for the style, with the attendant clammy and pithy boxes duly checked. It finishes off-dry, the stale corn bread and rice cakes keepin' things real, senor!

Plain and as lacking in enjoyment as one might have guessed this to be - perhaps the name should have given it away: it's really just a stronger (sort of) version of Cristal, which is no big draw, IMHO. If it takes near-freezing temperatures or a lime/lemon/pineapple wedge to make this drinkable, then I suppose I should be looking elsewhere for my fix.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Tap: Poured a golden color beer with a medium foamy head that disappeared a bit too quickly. Aroma is quite weak with only some malt being noticeable. Taste is quite sweet withy slight watery finish. Overall, this is better then most Caribean lager out there.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3/5  rDev +9.1%

Photo of stevoj
2.29/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Aroma is a little musty and taste is immediately tangy/biting. No head to speak of, but ample carbonation. Mouthfeel is right but aftertaste is slightly spicy. Something seems a bit off here...

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Photo of BillRoth
3/5  rDev +9.1%

Photo of biegaman
2.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

On-tap in Varadero, Cuba.

Sweet yellow corn - how appropriate - with outstanding transparency. Bucanero Fuerte appears irreproachably clean although that is, it should be said, very typical for adjunct lagers. Honestly, I'd say the condensation occurring on the glass is about the only thing making this look the least bit desirable. It seems to have fewer bubbles than most, which is curious given its head scales pretty high up the glass.

I don't consider this to smell like high-fructose corn syrup, I consider it to smell like ultra sky-high fructose corn syrup. It is sweet like soda pop, showing every bit as much glucose and fructose (but no signs of malt or hops). To many - it troubles me too much to admit 'most' - this may smell like nothing at all (perhaps because glucose-fructose has pervaded so much of our food) but to me it simply smells bad.

The taste and texture both strongly resemble corn syrup as well (if you haven't clued in by now, the "adjunct" in "adjunct lagers" generally stands for corn). An untrained palate might detect no taste at all where as a trained one should detect nothing but the taste of corn syrup. The texture is sticky sweet, stale and starchy. About average for the style, just be sure its temperature is close to 0 before starting to drink it.

Cuba has lots of culture; its beer does not. As popular as beer is with Cubans (it and rum really being their only options) none of the offerings proportionately represent the culture of the island. The beers are bland, without character or story - quite unlike the people. Actually, it is funny to think that for all their differences - ideology, language, history - Cuba's national beers taste just like the American ones.

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Photo of Latarnik
2.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of spinrsx
2.56/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

12oz can brought back from Cuba for me by my buddy Tyler

Appearance - Clear gold colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for 2-3 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, corn, alcohol

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste corn mixed with some bread and grains. There is also some light hops and a light metallic flavour and a bit of a alcohol harshness. It ends with a grainy/corn aftertaste.

Overall - When I first opened the beer and it was cold, it was much better than when it got to room temperature. When warmer I could really pick up on the cooked vegetable/corn flavour. Regardless, I could still down a few of these ice cold while on the beach.

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Photo of beertunes
3.19/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to a local brewer for this brew, I get to tick Cuba off the countries list! It's a basic Lager that poured a clean, clear pale yellow color that had a thin cap of white head that had no retention or lace. The aroma was on the sweet side, with a light grain scent.

On the tongue, there was a surprising hop kick on top of the fundamental
"warm country lager" flavor. The body was fairly typical for the style, and managed to finish semi-cleanly. Drinkability was good, I could easily pour a few down while on a beach. Overall, a pretty solid example of the type, even if the type isn't all that special.

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Photo of wordemupg
2.27/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

350ml bottle poured into pint glass 29/8/12

A clear light copper with lots of tiny bubbles feeding a two finger bone white foam that hangs around for a few minuets leaving a few partial rings of lace

S soap, purple candy, and a chemical thing that leaves something too be desired

T a little sweet caramel malt and faint citrus helps its cause a little compared too the smell but its not nearly enough too salvage this one, soapy chemical flavors hard too enjoy

M medium bodied with good carbonation, perhaps a highlight for this ones a average mouth-feel

O nothing I´d want too drink again, tastes and smells pretty lousy, I finished it but only because I´m quite thirsty

so I´m guessing the beers no better in Cuba then Mexico, a Country tic but that´s about it

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Photo of dgilks
2.68/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of FLima
2.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I remember having this in Cuba a long time ago, but I have no sensorial memory, indicating it might be forgettable...
Golden color with a big fluffy head with short retention.
Aroma with notes of malt sweetness, syrup and mild grassy hops. Better than most Adjuncts Lagers.
Flavor with notes of grainy malt sweetness, grassy and spicy hops, a bit of syrup and some oxidation. Dry aftertaste with a medium easily perceived bitterness.
Light to watery body with good carbonation. Not sure why they say Fuerte for just 5.4% abv, I guess it is a local relative basis.
Considering the style, this is not bad as some says. Hops were easily perceived and I guess the adjunct is just a hint of sugar to boost alcohol a bit; I would just point some oxidation. I would still prioritize the mojitos and having this to rest from them.

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Photo of papat444
2.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Whatup14
2.77/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of canucklehead
3.24/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The better choice in Cuba given that most of the time it Crystal that is the beer offered. Slightly darker and more flavorful than Crystal it hits the spot after a hot day in the sun or a long walk around Havana

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Photo of BeerBeast
2.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of UncleJimbo
3.72/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

350 mL brown bottle, capped.

This lager smelled of bready malt with a mild, but pleasant, sweet aroma. The appearance was clear and golden with white foam that settled quickly. There was no apparent stream of bubbles from the bottom of the glass. The taste was dry and biscuity malt with a fairly decent hoppiness. There was a touch of sweetness. The aroma hops came out in the finish. The mouthfeel was dry and crisp with medium-light body and low carbonation feel. The aftertaste was dominated by bready malt and aromatic hops. Not a bad beer, actually. I was pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of misternebbie
2.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Photo of flyingpig
2.25/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

355ml Can in Santa Clara, Cuba (1 CUC):
A definite basic lager but an enjoyable one for what it was; I was expecting this one to be a lot worse than it proved to be prior to opening it. The beer was light & semi-sweet with some basic corn & vegetable adjuncts coming through alongside a light bitterness & touches of hay. It was inoffensive & very easy to drink, particularly while sitting in the Cuban sun; a welcome first Cuban beer & one that I ended up going back to several times over the course of my two weeks in the country.

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Photo of DIM
2.18/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

a: This was a clear, extremely pale golden color. It poured with a short lived fizzy head.

s: One of the ingredients listed on the side of the bottle is sugar. I found that and little else in the aroma. Maybe a bit of pale malt, but that might be wishful thinking.

t: Sweet overall. Lots of corn syrup with maybe a little honey thrown in. I can't really discern any malts or hops.

m: Wet and fizzy.

o: Its not all that bad I suppose, but I wouldn't ever get another. I just wanted to experience the novelty of a Cuban beer while I had the chance.

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Photo of bobsy
2.53/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bucanero Fuerte is made in the province of Holguin in the Eastern end of Cuba. Three and a half years ago I was married in that province, and Bucanero Fuerte was available everywhere. A few months later we were in Havana, eating rice and beans and knocking back cold mugs of Fuerte to alleviate the crushing heat. Tonight, the oven is blasting away, sterilising jars, and I'm making raspberry jam at the stove. Marriage does this to a man. Bucanero Fuerte is at my side, like a loyal friend. Macro lager in appearance, with its pale, crystal clear body and minimal head, there is now way you could call this beer a beauty, yet its redeemed by being merely average when compared to its rivals. The can reads, water, hops, malted barley and sugar, the last of which makes itself more than apparent in a sickly sweet, adjunct laden aroma. The flavour (sometimes I feel I insult the word) is corn syrup over some pale malts with a touch of honey and the lightest kiss of hops in the finish. For a few moment I think its undrinkable, but then I recall how bad bars sell bad beer, and I thre my glass in the freezer for ten minutes. Thank God it dials down the sweetness a touch. The only quality I truly like is the slight warming feel the beer gives, almost like a ginger beer, and this belies its ABV (this isn't fuerte for a craft drinker). The body is light and on the fizzy side, but not as bad as I';ve seen or heard of in this category. Definitely a beer for the Carribean sun, and not for the discerning BA.

I still have fond memories of Bucanero Fuerte. It may be a truly awful beer, but in the heat of the Havana sun with a Cuban band playing in the background it fit the moment.

Thanks to biegaman for allowing me to relive a few memories.

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Photo of byronic
2.82/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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